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Live The Questions: The improviser’s tool kit
Tools for navigating the networked world: A Mind Set A Skill Set In life, we never know what is going to happen next…the question is how to be fully engaged, receptive and ready to respond to the unexpected with skill and effectiveness. Live The Questions workshops combine music, story-telling, theater games and improvisation techniques designed to meet the specific learning objectives of the group.
Technology has dissolved the old barriers of time and space There is no “box” to think out of Think in to discover networks & levels of connection Intuition Inspiration Inventiveness
Applied Improvisation Experiences build on what confronts us in the moment and transforms it Skills demonstrate concepts Concepts connect to cognitive shifts Cognitive shifts integrate new learning New learning introduces another level of skill development Skill development builds up the group creative potential Group creative potential is expressed through real-time production of creative content Creative content expresses the immediacy with which these tools can be applied to real-life situations
Search for the potentials hidden within the tensions of uncertainty Photo by Al Treder, Ken WA
“If it’s a question of whether to do what’s fun or what is supposed to be good for you, and nobody is hurt by whichever you do, always do what’s fun.” HarpoMarks, Harpo Speaks A properly-designed improvisation technique can: convey new information generate a cognitive shift turn group tensions into creative opportunities reveal and promote connections between the players all in the same creative experience. Improvisation is both good for you and fun. Serious fun.
Improvisation is the act of finding opportunities for creativity amidst limitations." Gretchen Wegner, Practical Matters CREATIVITY: the production of something original and useful. There are questions to explore and problems to solve, but in a creative paradigm there is never one right answer. To be creative requires divergent thinking (generating many unique ideas) and then convergent thinking (combining those ideas into the best result).
Experience makes learning stick “Creative experiences – putting a concept into action, improvisatory role-playing, music, theater games – enhances the integration of new information by producing new neuronal connections in the brain and expanding the relationship between those connections.” Kenneth Wesson, “What Everyone Should Know About the Latest Brain Research,” para. 16. 28 Feb 2008 www.sciencemaster.com/columns/wesson/wesson_2000.php)
Poet Rainer Maria Rilke described the mind set of the improviser in his messages to a student who published them as Letters To a Young Poet (1903): “...I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselvesas if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
Business Leaders Recommend Improvisation training as “a key business imperative.” “Consider jazz musicians, who jam, or work collaboratively to co-create music in real time. Or consider the theatre improviser who doesn’t have a script but creates the storyline with the other improvisers. The improvisers have learned to deal with diversity, ambiguity, interconnectedness and flux.” “Coping With Complexity” Ivey Business Journal May/June 2010 Learn to think like a jazz musician: We are all supporting players, even when it is our turn to solo; Don’t perform - listen and respond to shifts and changes made by the other players; Let go of control over outcomes; When things are flowing, follow the energy; When things are not flowing, choose not-knowing;